How to Take a Screen Shot on OS X






































































How to take a screenshot on a Mac


hold down command ⌘ and shift and press 3 = Mac OS X captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop. The file name will look like “Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

How do I take a partial screenshot?


hold down command ⌘ and shift and press 4 = Use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify what to capture – or press the spacebarand then click on something (e.g. a window) to capture it. Mac OS X then saves it as a file on the desktop. The file name will look like “Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

I don’t need a file. How can I have a screenshot in the clipboard instead?


hold down control together with any of the combinations above = Mac OS X takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard (instead of saving it as a file).

I guess it’s in the clipboard now. How can I  paste it into a document or something?


hold down command ⌘ and press V = Mac OS X pastes the screenshot (that is in the clipboard) into a document or image you are currently editing.

I don’t like keyboard shortcuts. How can I take a screenshot using  Preview?


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How can I have my screenshots in other file formats than PNG?


With Preview (see previous question) you can save your screenshots in JPG, TIFF, PDF, and other file formats.

I need even more flexibility. How can I take screenshots using the command line (“Terminal”)?




  • try help: screencapture --help

  • use delays: sleep 10; screencapture ~/Desktop/screenshot.png



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